Working on the transition from Apartheid in South Africa, Dr Beck’s integral design strategy for the peaceful transformation of SA involved decision makers in the country, especially Nelson Mandela and De Clerk as well as the business community and South Africans from all walks of life who believed in a comprehensive solution to that deep rooted problem.
Our work in Palestine presents a similar comprehensive approach that is having the approval of decision makers in the government as well as Palestinian community and business leaders.
In a meeting with Information Minister Moustafa Barghouti , the Minister shared with us the struggles that his ministry is facing trying to keep the Palestinian struggle on the forefront of the world events with a budget of $40,000/year which is equal to a one hour budget for any media outlet in the US. Despite the scarcity of funds, Dr. Barghouti is a resilient and optimistic person who is presenting the message of the Unity Government to the world with such competence, command and passion. He was very interested in Dr Beck’s proposal and asked us to help attract international media experts/volunteers to support the ministry’s task.
Our meeting with the Planning Minister, Prof. Sameer Abu Eisheh, covered the use of GIS systems already used by the Ministry to support the new technology of Vital Signs Monitors(VSM). The VSM technology is based on Dr Beck’s theory and designed to track the critical indicators in cultures. Consider an operations-type room, with floor to ceiling video screens, where the critical indicators are displayed and overlaid on top of each other. Such a Monitor can search for the deepest trends, major value-systems conflicts in the making, serious sink-holes in development projects, and the general health and well-being of the culture. This technology was pioneered by Dr Beck’s partners, the Arlington Institute, in Singapor sponsored by the Singapor government. Dr Beck and I will be working with the Ministry on a proposal to design the project and implement it in the West Bank.
Mr Hussain El-Sheikh who was appointed recently by President Abbas as the head of the Leadership Committee for the districts asked us to devise a plan that will support a transformational aspirations of this committee. Nafiz Rifaee and Abdel Majeed Suwati who have been working with us for more than 2 years, will introduce the conceptual model to the Leadership Committee. They are already working with young leaders in Al-Khalil, Bethlehem and Ramallah on Integral projects. We will link to their new website soon.